This year, I was fortunate enough to attend DrupalCon in (partly) sunny LA. It was a great opportunity to reinvigorate my passion for the platform and learn a thing or two about what's in the Drupal pipeline. I spent my time attending sessions primarily focused on Drupal 8 updates, project discovery and estimation, and providing the best possible service to Drupal clients. In that vein, here are my high-level takeaways from DrupalCon LA:
- Drupal 8 is coming soon and it is awesome! In fact, it comes with so much in core that many businesses have already begun rolling it out in their new sites. Even with limited contrib modules available to date, those who are using Drupal 8 are finding it to be superb.
- Many clients have messaging problems when it comes to their content but either don't realize it don't have the budget to hire a messaging team and delay their project by months. Web design teams are trying to find creative ways to solve these issues while staying within budget.
- If you are not adopting or using an Agile methodology, today is the day to start.
- All Drupal agencies regardless of size are facing similar issues. Defining project scope, maintaining positive cash flow, managing expectations for on-going site maintenance, and finding and retaining talented team members are all causes for concern for teams of 3 or 30.
Some of our favorite sessions
Running an Agency
- How to Run A Drupal Agency
- Rethink Drupal Support Stop The Bleeding
- Building Your Drupal Based Business Or What Keeps You Up at Night
- How to Move From a Consulting Practice to a Product Company
- Selling Agile
- Demystifying Client Discovery
- Discovery Projects Strategies Defining the Opportunity
- Estimation a Science Not an Art
- Personalization and Drupal: Inside View Worlds Biggest Brands
- Double Header Redhatcom: Architectural Case Study Pantheon
In my free time, I got to hang out with one of my favorite Chicago-based Drupal teams, Digital Bridge Solutions. They are an incredibly talented team comprised of developers who have really gotten Drupal Commerce down to a science – I would strongly recommend getting to know them.